By permission based web, I mean companies asking you if you have permission to share another person’s contact information. Going back to my post about “Who’s giving out your digits“, today I saw my first real example from Reuters (I’m sure there are others) of a company asking you to verify that you have permission to use that contact’s information in that way. I went to email an article to a coworker and at the bottom of the pop up window next to the ‘send’ button it read “I confirm that I have the recipient’s consent to provide their email address for this purpose.” I don’t see how you would ever confirm this, it’s more of an honour system, but at least it makes me stop and think about it.
Archive for February, 2009
Tags: contact information, permission, privacy, reuters, web
Tags: 3d mapping, google earth 5.0
I opened up Google this evening and was drawn in by a new feature for Google Earth. It told me I could explore the ocean! Well thoughts of fishes and other marine life danced through my head. Except it’s not there yet. What they mean is you can see the terrain on the ocean floor from their satellite imagery. It’s still impressive, but I’ll check back on that feature once they’ve figured out street view down where it’s wetter under the sea.
In the mean time, I proceeded to explore other parts of the world from the comfort of my computer. I headed up to Anchorage and saw a whole lot of snow, then jetted down to sunny LA where street view was well developed. Visited Little Tokyo and looked at some people crossing the street. I thought ‘what a cool way to explore a place before you ever actually attempt to visit’. Can you imagine what travelling will be like once street view is worldwide? I know street view prompted some privacy fears awhile back, but right now, the image quality is blurred just enough that I would never know who that person driving the getaway car is.
After I finished up with LA, I thought I would explore a little more. My eyes wandered to one of the buttons at the top of the screen. It was an icon with a picture of a planet. Space? And Google? My curiosity piqued at once. The drop down menu revealed the ability to look into the heavens (sky mode), and also to head straight to Mars.
Not only does Google have pictures of Mars from a distance, but you can zoom in to the surface and find points of interest. Now if this is where encyclopedias are going… I’ll buy the whole set please.
Oh, and the other part that impressed me? Google already knew that I was on a Mac when I went to download the new Google Earth. No selecting between a PC file or a Mac file.
Colour me impressed. I’ll be exploring Google Earth more.